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Sonam Sherpa is a Ph.D. student at the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE), Arizona State University (ASU), in Earth Sciences program. She served as a graduate research assistant with the School of Sustainability (SOS), Arizona State University, USA, and graduated with an MS in Science degree in Spring, 2018 before joining SESE. She has a background in the glacier studies and glacial hydrological processes. She worked on climate, glaciers and the hydrology of the high mountain Asia using in-situ and space-based techniques. During her Master's study at ASU, she focused her research on risk perception; vulnerability and resilience to Cryospheric hazards in Nepal, Himalayas. Her current research focuses on water budget changes, majorly sea-level changes and probabilistic flood mapping in the United States using Inferemetric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) and understanding of glacier mass changes in the Hindu-kush Himalaya region using gravimetry technique. Her research interest is on geodesy and hydrogeodesy and application of space-based techniques to Geophysical and Geosciences problems.
Featured in the News
Master research featured in October MAHB Standford Issue (link below)
The scientific paper featured in the GlacierHub January 2019 issue.
Sherpa, S. F., Shrestha, M., Eakin, H., & Boone, C. G. (2019). Cryospheric hazards and risk perceptions in the Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park and Buffer Zone, Nepal. Natural Hazards, 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-018-3560-0
Sherpa, S., Wagnon, P., Brun, F., Berthier, E., Vincent, C., Lejeune, Y., . . . Sinisalo, A. (2017). Contrasted surface mass balances of debris-free glaciers observed between the southern and the inner parts of the Everest region (2007–15). Journal of Glaciology, 1-15. doi:10.1017/jog.2017.30
Vincent, C., Wagnon, P., Shea, J. M., Immerzeel, W. W., Kraaijenbrink, P., Shrestha, D., Soruco, A., 4 Arnaud, Y., Brun, F., Berthier, E., and Sherpa, S. F. (2016). Reduced melt on debris-covered glaciers: investigations from Changri Nup Glacier, Nepal. The Cryosphere, 10, 1845-1858, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-1845-2016.
AGU, San Francisco. High Mountain Asia’s Cryosphere Research to Address Climate, Hydrology, Geodynamics, and Hazards session.
Title: Climate Sensitivity of the Glacier Mass Budget of High Mountain Asia Based on Satellite Gravimetry
International Glaciological Society: International Symposium on Timescales, Processes and Glacier Dynamics held in Buffalo, New York, USA
Title: Space-Time Analysis of Variation of Snow and Ice in Nepal, Himalaya from 2001-2016.
Himalayan Studies Conference, University of Colorado, Boulder 2017. Glacier Lake Outburst Flood Risks & Hazards session
Title: Understanding Social and Natural Coupling System in the case of Vulnerability to Glacial Hazards in the Everest region, Nepal.
AGU, San Francisco 2016: High Mountain Asia's Cryosphere: System Dynamics and Hazard session
Title: Contrasted glacier mass balance between the southern and the inner part of the Everest region revealed by in- situ measurement since 2007. http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2016AGUFM.C14B..04S
Sherpa, S.F., Ojha, C., Shirzaei, M., and Werth, S., “Probabilistic Mapping of August 2018 Flood of Kerala, India, Using Space-borne Synthetic Aperture Radar,” AGU Fall Meeting 2018. Washington D.C.
Sherpa, S. F. 2018. Empirical Analysis on Perception of Climate Change Risks in the Mt. Everest Region, Nepal. Poster presented at the Spring 2018 Institute for Social 4 Science Research Graduate Poster Competition, April 25, 2018, Memorial Hall, Tempe, AZ. (Won 2nd prize). sherpa_s18.pdf
Sherpa, S. F. & M. Shrestha. 2017. Climate Change and Vulnerability to Glacial Lake Outburst Floods: Developing a Community-based Risk Reduction Approach in the Mt. Everest Region, Nepal. Poster: 28, Capacity Development and Utilizing Climate Services in the Climate Prediction Application Workshop, May 2-4 Fairbanks, Alaska.
Sherpa, S. F. 2017. Vulnerability and Resilience to Glacial Hazards in the Mt. Everest region, Nepal. Poster presented at the Spring 2017 Institute for Social Science Research Graduate Poster Competition, April 25, 2017, Memorial Hall, Tempe, AZ. (3rd Prize) s17_sherpa_sonam.pdf
Sherpa, S. F., and M. Shrestha. 2017. Glacial lake outburst flood risks in the Everest region, Nepal: Analyzing the governance and institutional factors of mitigation options. Poster presented at the 19th Annual Central-Arizona, Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 13 January 2017, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ.
Sherpa, S. F. & R.B. Kayatha.2015. Comparison of seasonal and annual mass balances of 3 glaciers in the Everest region since 2007. Poster presented at the National Symposium on Hydrology and Meteorology-2015, organized by Society of Hydrology and Meteorology (SOHAM)
Volunteer Teaching Assistant for Arizona State University undergrad course, International Development and Sustainability (SOS 322) in the role of Nepal country expert (4 months).
2016 Research Associate Glaciologist at The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).
2015 Intern at The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).